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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By : Julian Sharp
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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By: Julian Sharp

Overview of this book

The Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate (PL-200) exam tests and validates the practical skills of Power Platform users who are proficient in developing solutions by combining the tools in Power Platform and the Microsoft 365 ecosystem based on business needs. This certification guide offers complete, up-to-date coverage of the PL-200 exam so you can prepare effectively for the exam. Written in a clear, succinct way with self-assessment questions, exam tips, and mock exams with detailed explanations of solutions, this book covers common day-to-day activities involved in configuring Power Platform, such as managing entities, creating apps, implementing security, and managing system change. You'll also explore the role of a functional consultant in creating a data model in the Microsoft Dataverse (formerly Common Data Service). Moving ahead, you'll learn how to design the user experience and even build model-driven and canvas apps. As you progress, the book will show you how to manage automation and create chatbots. Finally, you'll understand how to display your data with Power BI and integrate Power Platform with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with the essential concepts and techniques required to prepare for the PL-200 certification exam.
Table of Contents (34 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Microsoft Dataverse
Section 3: Power Apps
Section 4: Automation
Section 5: Power Virtual Agents
Section 6: Integrations

Benefits of the CDS

The CDS removes the need to manage the database. You do not need to be a database administrator (DBA); Microsoft automatically handles activities such as backup and optimization. You can focus on creating and using the data model rather than administering the database.

Using the CDS as the data store for your apps, or to build your apps on, has many benefits:

  • Managed data in the cloud: You do not need to perform backups or configure the database as this is done for you by Microsoft.
  • Storage: You don't need to worry about how the data is stored as Microsoft takes care of this for you.
  • Secure: All data is encrypted at rest and in transit.
  • Metadata: Properties you define on your data model are used by Dynamics 365 and Power Apps, speeding the building of apps.
  • Data access: You can control who can access which entities, records, and fields.
  • Audit: You can track who accesses and changes data.
  • User interface elements: Components for model-driven apps such...